Monday, March 31, 2008

A Great Life


Just a normal Monday at our house. I keep thinking about how tomorrow is APRIL 1ST and that's one step closer to it being May. And that's almost June. And at the end of June is when this whole escapade will come to a great big exciting finale. And she'll be here. And we'll all cry tears of joy. Until then, I'm taking it one day at a time.
In the meantime, I have been humbled lately at the problems that I DON'T have. I am pregnant, I have a sore back, I'm not lookin' too sexy, my house is not clean, I miss my family a bit... And those are my problems, for the most part. Well. My neighbor has five kids. And lives in a two bedroom townhouse. She has five kids and is pregnant with her sixth baby. She's due in April which is... um.. now. The other night her husband got arrested because he violated his probation (I don't know any details). When I drove them to the car dealership the other day, they failed to mention it:) Alright, people, now SHE'S got problems. Big ones. They both work, so who's going to watch all those kids while he's in jail? And is he going to be there when his baby is born? Her middle two daughters are less than a year apart and are both flunking first grade. I don't live in the nicest area of this town, but I didn't expect that my nice Puerto Rican neighbor, (the one with the tattoos) who has four daughters and one son and loves them dearly, would get arrested. The arrest happened right in front of our house with four cop cars and handcuffs and lots of yelling and crying. Come on, where is the LOVE? Just another reason why I am a very lucky lady. I've got a great life, and I need to remember that more often.

12 comments:

LeDoux said...

Hey, what's with "the one with the tattoos"? Ahem! not all people who adorn tattoos are breaking their probation. i didn't break mine once! and neither did darrell!

hahahaha. just kidding. wait, no seriously, we didn't. haha. just kidding. i think.

Haley Clarke said...

You gotta love Lakeland!! Thas was quite a funny, but sad, story!
PS, Gracie is looking so grown up these days.

Debbi said...

OH I totally hear you, I complain about colds or little things and then I hear about someone being really sick - I mean really really sick in the hospital. Seriously, what are they going to do with those kids? How can you even afford child care for 6 kids? Wow!

lori said...

Thanks for the slap in the face and lesson on gratitude! JK Yeah, i need to keep things in perspective and know that life really is great..and what you make of it. By the way, can we just borrow some of Ruby's extra hair and glue it on Leahs head. I would appreciate it.

sharry said...

i wish i looked as cute as the rubester sitting in front of the computer in my underwear and that it wouldn't be totally offensive to have a picture of it post on the net!!! i just love that soft little body - hers, not mine! - she reminds me of caitlin - soft and maluable for cuddling.

on a different note...i wish the misfortunes of others didn't have to be guage by which we recognise our own blessings. my heart goes out to all the babies in those families - the experience makes us hold our own a little tighter, tell them we love them a little quicker and open our hearts a little wider.

love you all, sharry

StrykerLOVE said...

sorry that you are living in a bad cops episode! I felt like that at various times, slumming it like we were in Taylorsville. The only time I'VE ever called a cop on someone else. But it was always surprising to me, once you knew people, how loving or family oriented they could be and yet seriously screwed up in other ways. like the best and very worst in a household.

Celeste said...

What cute pics of Grace. How sad that all that is happening to your neighbor. I do feel gratful for the life I live.

Lillie said...

Phew- graditude. I'm with you right now. So much to be grateful for. Like that GORGEOUS Gracie--- what a beautiful photo.

Dee said...

I've called the cops twice.Once on a neighbour who sounded like he was going to kill his dad at any moment. then when the cops left his house he came out and told the neighbourhood that if the caller would just identify his/herself he could shoot them/me. I didn't. we moved.

Kristie said...

my boys would love for a police car to turn up in our street with it's siren blaring and it's lights glowing - I just hope they never pull up to my house. Lovvve Ruby's flowing hair. xx

Rebecca said...

This post reminded me of Ledoux's post. Which reminded me of my life. Which reminds me of all the reasons we should be willing to do things like drive our neighbors to the car dealership more often. If that makes sense. I think you're going about this the right way.

Dinah said...

I just love this internet thing and getting reacquainted with all the family and all the nieces and nephews and their families an what great things they have going on in their lives. Good to hear all about you. My love and kisses...Auntie Dinah